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Trust Accounts – how to increase trust

A trusting relationship is an essential element of teaching and learning. This playful video compares learner trust to a bank account.


A few thoughts on the role of Trust  and domestic animals.

For pets, at least one bond of trust is essential to have a relaxed, happy-go-lucky, animal living with humans. In fact this is one of the differences between wild and domestic animals. Wild animals do not trust humans, nor do they trust that the environment is safe, secure and will give them what they need to survive.  They learn to be much more alert to survive and be ready for daily challenges. Through 2000-10,000 years of husbandry, domestic animals  have changed there genetic code toward domesticity.  Animal science  defines domestic as tolerant to the presence of humans. Of course it means more in real life because they rely on us to supply food, water, shelter and daily activity.

We expect more  of our Pets than simple domesticity. We want them to live with us seamlessly, anticipate & fulfill our needs, understand the human language, entertain us, love us and leave our stuff alone.                   -If only they could do housework — better than a wife.

But there is a huge gap between what animals  tolerate at birth & our expectations that they understand the complex world of human society. We don’t even understand how to get along with others until in our middle twenties or much later.

Today we react to words like – “Dog Obedience”, and have misconceptions from family beliefs, movie & TV images which together confuse the subject of dog training more.  “Dog Obedience”it is an unfortunate, old  label and complete obedience is hard to create. Instead, think about training as teaching methods for our pets to successfully navigate life with humans. We are entrusted to teach our pets to be good civilized members of our human society.  The AKC has new program of training called Good Canine Citizen instead of the old obedience name to promote this idea. The Good News is that when Dogs understand us and succeed in getting along they form a bond of trust to their training partner.

These two capacities; 1. knowledge of how to  succeed and 2.  bond of trust, enable pets to handle frustration and recover quickly from  bad-events. This capacity is called Resiliency.

It is through helping pets to develop resiliency, that we prevent or treat the anxiety problems seen in dogs, cats, birds even horse and cattle. Good trainers preserve and increase the bond of trust with their dog(s) through consistent training that rewards the dog for learning.

Check out my article on “Kennel training: Why do dogs or puppies bark and cry when left alone” for more on resiliency.

Map of ticks and diseases — dogs and ticks

Link to cool interactive map of numbers of tick infections in dogs.

Map of ticks and diseases — dogs and ticks.

Website on Home-Prepared Dog &Cat Diets

Great resource check it out !! here is the link

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets.

Good science about Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health. Do we need both DHA &EPA omega 3 fats?

This is a link to a scholarly article that reveals that we benefit from both Omega 3 fats. Plus lists the best foods for sources of Omega 3 fats.  Food  technology is aiming to separate out the two fats from fish oil  or substitute a vegetable source fats (linoleic FA) for just EPA.  This article clearly shows the benefit of both fats in our diet. My conclusion: why bother to change mother nature, eat fish oil to get the best of both fats in one food .

(n-3) Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health: Are Effects of EPA and DHA Shared or Complementary?.

For Your Information:


Major dietary sources of long-chain (n-3) PUFA1

mg/100 g
Anchovy 763 41 1292 2055
Herring, Atlantic 909 71 1105 2014
Salmon, farmed 862 393 1104 1966
Salmon, wild 411 368 1429 1840
Mackerel, Atlantic 504 106 699 1203
Bluefish 323 79 665 988
Sardines, Atlantic 473 0 509 982
Trout 259 235 677 936
Golden bass (tilefish) 172 143 733 905
Swordfish 127 168 772 899
Tuna, white (albacore) 233 18 629 862
Mussels 276 44 506 782
Striped bass 169 0 585 754
Shark 258 89 431 689
Pollock, Atlantic 91 28 451 542
Oysters, wild 274 16 210 484
King mackerel 174 22 227 401
Tuna, light (skipjack) 91 17 237 328
Snapper 48 22 273 321
Flounder and sole 168 34 132 300
Clams 138 104 146 284
Grouper 35 17 213 248
Halibut 80 20 155 235
Lobster 117 6 78 195
Scallops 72 5 104 176
Blue crab 101 9 67 168
Cod, Pacific 42 5 118 160
Shrimp 50 5 52 102
Catfish, farmed 20 18 69 89
Eggs 0 7 58 58
Chicken breast 10 10 20 30
Beef 2 4 1 3
Pork 0 10 2 2
1Adapted with permission from (1). Data are from the USDA National Nutrition Database for Standard Reference Release 23, 2010 (9).
2Compared to EPA and DHA, the DPA contents in food sources are less available in the USDA database, which limits the ability to assess dietary intake of this (n-3) PUFA.

Handy chart to convert temp in F to C



Bimini. A new pet natural medicine in treat form. What is it and is it better that what I already give my dog.

A friend sent me a  question. What do I think of a new pet chew called Bimini for

arthritis in dogs?

I looked it up. Contains fish oil, cat’s claw and aspirin (willow bark)

1. All versions of Salicylic acid are anti-inflammatory in dogs and cats.

However, dose & frequency is much smaller and they are more prone to adverse

side effects. Salicylic acid (SA) relieves pain quicker than glucosamines(GCAs

) but no better after 1 month on GCAs. Long term SA has serious side ffects

like GI ulcers, cartilage, liver and kidney damage.

2.Cat’s Claw, from South America, and Devil’s claw, from Africa, are related

anti-inflammatory herbs with a mix of anti-inflammatory chemicals. Must be  

used carefully as there are side effects from the Cox1 and Cox2 enzymes within

each. Dog and cats are more sensitive to side effects than people or horses so

I like to use products where I know the dose as owners often use more than one

thing. This treat is like taking aspirin and Ibuprofen. The additive dose has

great pain relief and more risk for toxic side effects after a few weeks. All

effects are dose and frequency dependent.

When I use choose an herbal to replace an anti-inflammatory medicine, I choose

Noni ( made by Dr.s Best brand, dried leaves or roots)  at 5-10 mg/lb dose to

start which can be slowly increased to 3 times beginning dose. I choice Noni

because at the effective doses there are no adverse side effects. Main draw

back is that it takes about 3 months to reach full physiologic effect, but

pain relief begin after 1 week and increase for 1 month.

3. Fish oil. Based on studies with arthritic dogs, Omega 3 FA from Fish oil,

where more effective at pain and inflammation relief compared to NSAIDs,

glucosamines, alone or with MSM. Doses of 350 – 750 mg O3 FA or 1000 -2000mg

of Fish oil.

Keep in mind that Omega3 FA from Fish oil assist the synovial cells to work

better to protect the joint. Also, other studies looked at the amount &

quality of Omega 3 in fortified dog foods or treats that are kibble or semi-

soft forms. Cooking of kibbles or storage of oil soaked semi-soft damaged the

FAs, oxidizing the FAs to an inactive form. Plus, most did not have enough

Omega 3 FA in them to have beneficial effect. Best diet source of FA is

dribbled on top of food just before feeding. Even the science diet & purina

arthritis diets, with FA sprayed over kibble right before packaging did not

have significant clinical effect.

There are many many (100s) herbal anti-inflammatories used for centuries as

medicine. Studies to objectively compare these herbs to one another have not

been done yet. So whether one is the best in not known. Evaluating the many

studies of anti-inflammatory herbs, they are dosed up to effect. Taking that

into account, I find the main ones are all similar in prevention of pain and

inflammation so the main differences are side effects, how easy to use, and

price of course. In general mixtures are almost always less effective when

compared to an effective dose of a single ingredient.  These chews are likely

one ingredient, with a little of the other two ingredients and allot of flavor

filler to cover up the bad taste of either herb. Cat claw dose ~ $0.12 or

aspirin tabs $0.03 are much less expensive than these soft chews, either one

is enough. Fish oil purified concentrate is about $2/oz from a vet and dogs

love the taste. Big dogs need 1 tsp/day fish oil so that is 1/6th oz. So cats

claw + aspirin with fish oil added to food for 80 lb dog  is $0.45/day.

Compare to price of $1.30 for a daily dose of Bimini for same size dog.After

one month they recommend every other day dosing which reduces price to $.65,

still more that the total of individual ingredients.

So there you go… a long answer. However all that said, it seems that

marketing trumps effectiveness, safety and price because these types of

supplements are selling in large numbers.

Alley Cat Allies – Best of the Best Educational Materials

Please check into this website before rescuing a cat from your neighborhood.

Access Educational Materials Most Requested Online and Used by our Feral Friends – Alley Cat Allies.

How to read food labels from the FDA & The Dog Food Project

Have you wondered what the information on the package of pet food really reveals. Check out this site at the Food and Drug Administration that details what our laws require (and does not require).

FDA – How to read pet food labels

FDA –  special foods and treats

I personally like the Dog Food Project website which is generally accurate and has more information more about ingredients and quality in foods. Link:  Dog Food Project

Diet Search website from the College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State U.

This link can be used to find several diets on the market based on what your pet needs. It is intended to assist in your search for a diet. More important are many informative articles on the site. Look at the right boarder list for more information.

Diet Search :: The College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

The supermarket is becoming more confusing! This fact makes feeding our families quality and healthful food a challenge…..

I write allot about the  petfoods & nutrition products for Cats and Dogs. Readers may already realize it is difficult to select good quality and healthful petfood  for our pets. Well, the pet-care marketplace is confusing and becoming more so, as companies use more clever advertizing to increase sales.

Well Dr Lustig has tackled the same issue where it relates to human health and everyday food from supermarkets. This is a link to his articles is you do not want to read his new book called Fat Chance.

I highly recommend this website!!

UCSF COAST: Fat Chance with Rob Lustig.

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